Manglehorn

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  • Summary: Reclusive small town locksmith Angelo Manglehorn (Al Pacino) has never quite recovered from losing the love of his life, Clara. Fixated on her memory, he feels closer to his beloved cat than the people around him and prefers to find comfort in his work and daily routine. Still, he forges onReclusive small town locksmith Angelo Manglehorn (Al Pacino) has never quite recovered from losing the love of his life, Clara. Fixated on her memory, he feels closer to his beloved cat than the people around him and prefers to find comfort in his work and daily routine. Still, he forges on with his tenuous human connections, maintaining intermittent contact with his son, taking misplaced pride in a former protégé gone astray, and establishing a cautious friendship with a kindhearted woman from the local bank. As this solitary man approaches the possibility of new love, he finds himself at a crossroads between remaining consumed by the past and embracing the present. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Reviewed by: Alonso Duralde
    Aug 31, 2014
    88
    Green operates in a smarter mode of storytelling, giving the audience the benefit of the doubt that they'll notice the details, and he's clearly whispered Pacino into giving a nuanced and human-sized turn.
  2. Reviewed by: Xan Brooks
    Aug 31, 2014
    80
    Pacino's Manglehorn is a subtle master class in neutral shading, with none of the garish flashes that sometimes bedevil his work.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Rechtshaffen
    Jun 18, 2015
    70
    Though occasionally distracting, the quirky visual poetry eventually proceeds to work its magic.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Aug 31, 2014
    60
    Something about working with Pacino forces what could have been a breaks-the-mold character portrait into factory-made territory.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Jul 9, 2015
    50
    Sure, there’s an undeniable pleasure from watching Pacino and Hunter work the screen, but the syrupy, symbol-heavy script by first-time feature writer Paul Logan is weighed down further by cliches and false notes.
  6. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Jun 17, 2015
    50
    The tone and focus of David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn careens around so much it’s hard not to end up as irritable as its title character.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Jun 19, 2015
    38
    The result is a disappointing, shambling piece of melancholy with a few interesting scenes here and there that never cohere in such a way that allows the legendary actor to disappear into the character.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Aug 24, 2015
    10
    Reviewing Manglehorn is like reviewing a piece of art, it moves you and looking at it's pace is wonderful also interested at this story aboutReviewing Manglehorn is like reviewing a piece of art, it moves you and looking at it's pace is wonderful also interested at this story about raw, redemption and man who can't get over his long lost love. Writer Paul Logan's dialogue is moving and powerful, the dialogue when Pacino is narrating his own love letters is like listening to Shakespeare in unimaginable ways. Director David Gordon Green manages to put characters in bizarre places were it's actually interesting watching these people in this bizarre world while Green captures raw emotion, merciless honesty but also tenderness. A.J Manglehorn (Pacino) is a reclusive Texas key-maker who spends his days caring for his cat, finding comfort in his job and lamenting for his long lost love. His bank teller Dawn (Holly Hunter) who is interested in him, may drawn him out of his shell. Pacino does his best work in Manglehorn, he is literally on a role he starred in "Danny Collins" and now he starred in this wow. Grade A+ Expand
  2. Dec 9, 2015
    8
    I like these kinds of voice-over movies,this on was dreamy like and poetic.

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  3. Sep 16, 2015
    6
    I enjoyed Manglehorn despite some fairly obvious issues with the script, but in my opinion Al Pacino's performance is so good in this movieI enjoyed Manglehorn despite some fairly obvious issues with the script, but in my opinion Al Pacino's performance is so good in this movie that I found myself paying more attention to his character than the average story he was in. I really enjoyed Pacino's recent performance in Danny Collins but I would say his role here is better but unfortunately Danny Collins is a better overall film. There are several points brought up in this movie that are mentioned and then forgotten and the story is just so uneven and random at points that it gets close to wasting Pacino's amazing performance. I don't think this movie is for everybody but if you would like to see yet another great role from one of the best actors of the past 50 years Manglehorn could be worth a watch. Expand
  4. Jan 26, 2016
    5
    The first few minutes were promising, but there is a fall soon in,as the script reveals a self-indulgent ego-trip, and the string of anecdotesThe first few minutes were promising, but there is a fall soon in,as the script reveals a self-indulgent ego-trip, and the string of anecdotes fail to coalesce into a real story. The locksmith stuff is where the story should have gone, and not the mere symbolism of it. Expand
  5. Aug 7, 2015
    5
    In a subtle and sometimes quirky character study on loneliness and regret, Al Pacino stars as a man in his later years unable to move on fromIn a subtle and sometimes quirky character study on loneliness and regret, Al Pacino stars as a man in his later years unable to move on from the one true love that got away many years before, a man who’s spent years stewing in his own anger and resentment after leaving a wife he never loved and becoming estranged from a son he never connected with.

    Continuing a recent trend of leading roles in smaller and often hit & miss films, Pacino cannot be blamed for any of ‘Manglehorn’s’ shortcomings as he delivers a subdued and nuanced but emotive performance… and we feel that criticism of Mr. Pacino’s recent roles is unwarranted and fails to recognize the limited choices for a 75 year-old leading man in the modern film industry, not to mention how an actor and indeed a person fundamentally changes over time.

    Despite the fact that Pacino and Holly Hunter’s accomplished performances make it hard to overlook the film entirely,’ Manglehorn’ is nevertheless an uneven film with a sparse narrative plugged with poetic and stylistic filler and featuring quasi-surreal sequences that seem out of place within the story.

    Perhaps the biggest shortcoming with ‘Manglehorn’ however is the fact that for all its quirks, it’s still a rather traditional redemption drama within a predictable structure, and for all the angst and melancholic character journeys, the conclusion is rather familiar and sentimental, even going so far as to suggest that positivity and hope can create magic.

    The Bottom Line…
    Impressive and nuanced performances from Al Pacino and Holly Hunter can’t mask the unsubstantial story and lack of originality, despite its periodic quirkiness and admirable attempt at a study of loneliness and resentment, ‘Manglehorn’ is too underwhelming to leave a lasting memory.
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